Michigan News

DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice

By MARIA DANILOVA and JENNIFER C. KERR Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations ...

Severe weather hits lower Mich.

DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Freezing rain and icy roadways forced officials to close schools in parts of Michigan and are blamed in a crash that killed a woman in the Flint area. The weather slowed travel on Tuesday morning. Several schools dismissed students early Monday afternoon or ...

Gov. Snyder defends Medicaid expansion

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday touted Michigan’s Medicaid expansion and called for addressing aging infrastructure over the next several decades, citing the Flint water crisis that has roiled his administration and a football field-sized sinkhole ...

U of M to address poverty issues

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is planning a series of projects that aim to bridge the gap between research and community efforts to prevent and alleviate poverty, the school announced today. The initiative, called “Poverty Solutions,” will explore and test models to ...

Police union upset over report

DETROIT (AP) — The union representing Detroit police officers wants Chief James Craig to disband a committee looking at racial attitudes inside the department. An internal report released last week said there are conflicts between some black officers and higher-ranking white officers. Mark ...

3rd person dies after Lansing crash

ALAIEDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a third family member has died following a crash earlier this month on an icy roadway near Lansing. Ingham County sheriff's officials say the family of four from Eaton Rapids was traveling east on Interstate 96 in Alaiedon Township on Jan. 7 ...

Water OK despite complaints?

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Great Lakes Water Authority says drinking water is safe in suburban Detroit communities where some residents have complained about the water's taste and odor. The authority issued an update Monday on testing, saying water meets the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

Pilot escapes after plane catches fire

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane went off a runway and caught fire at a small Michigan airport, and the pilot escaped with minor injuries. Sheriff's officials say the pilot lost control Monday morning as he attempted to land at the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport ...

GM to announce $1B factory investment, new jobs

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — General Motors will announce a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs, a person briefed on the matter said Monday. The Detroit automaker will make the announcement this morning. The investment is part of the ...

Snyder to give 7th State of the State address to Legislature

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his seventh State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature. The Republican’s speech tonight comes a year after he devoted much of his address to discussing Flint’s water emergency at a time he faced heavy criticism ...

Plant closure causes tax concerns

DETROIT (AP) — Officials in a southeast Michigan community are concerned about declining tax revenue when a coal-fired power plant finally shuts down. About a third of River Rouge’s tax revenue comes from the DTE Energy Co. plant, city Community Development Director Karl Laub told the The ...

$1.3M to end youth homelessness

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Parts of northern Michigan are getting $1.3 million to help end youth homelessness. The funding is part of $33 million being awarded through the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program to support a coordinated response to the problem. In Michigan, the money is ...

AAA: State gas prices drop 10 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 10 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.40 per gallon. That’s about 61 cents more than it ...

Fraser sinkhole cost: $78M

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — The cost to fix a broken sewer line that caused a football field-sized sinkhole north of Detroit is estimated at more than $78 million, Macomb County’s new public works chief says. The project’s cost could rise above $100 million if more work is done to improve the ...

A daily dose of creativity

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — You don’t have to be a Renoir or Monet. You don’t even have to be better than a finger-painting nursery schooler. You just have to do something creative for 100 consecutive days. The fourth annual Community 100DayProject will begin ...

Man dies from carbon monoxide poisoning

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources MARQUETTE — A man overcome with carbon monoxide who a Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer tried to rescue last week has died. The incident occurred at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday when CO Mike Evink was dispatched to a ...

Founders landing update

Commission approves easement for Marquette Place project By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission unanimously approved an easement for the Founders Landing Development Group II, LLC, to construct building footings on city-owned property on Lakeshore ...

Analysis: Tax cut push comes as budget projected to tighten

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — After commanding the legislative agenda for six years, Republicans say now is the time to finally enact a major tax cut for Michigan residents. The problem is it may be too late. GOP lawmakers pushing to gradually repeal the 4.25 percent personal ...

Takata agrees to guilty plea, will pay $1B for hiding defect

By TOM KRISHER, DEE-ANN DURBIN and ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Takata Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to a single criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for a years-long scheme to conceal a deadly defect in its automotive air bag inflators. The U.S. ...

Local briefing

Fee waiver applications available MARQUETTE — The City of Marquette provides a mechanism for community stakeholders to submit for waiver of city fees and/or in-kind services provided by the city and/or cash payments, under City Code, Chapter 2 Administration, Division 3 Finance, Public ...